Rock Creek Park Trail Rehab Progress Update

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the National Park Service (NPS) will host the third public meeting share updates on the construction progress made and outline what is coming in the next phase of the Rehabilitation of Rock Creek Park Multi-Use Trail and Pedestrian Bridge project. DDOT will continue to rehabilitate and construct more the 3.7 miles of the paved, multi-use trail, which span Wards 1 through 4 from M Street in Georgetown to Broad Branch Road NW.

What:         Public Meeting #3

When:        June 15, 20226:30 to 7:30 pm

Where:       (Online)

Webinar Number: 2309 105 2939

Webinar Password: June15!

Dial-in:       Dial-in Option (audio only): 1-202-860-2110. Access Code: 2309 105 2939. The Webex system will prompt you for an Attendee ID, this is not required. Press the # key to join the meeting.

Accessibility:    ASL interpreters will be available. The meeting will be recorded, and captions will be added before it is posted on the website.

To learn more about the project, visit the project website.

Do You  Need Assistance to Participate?

If you need special accommodations, please contact Cesar Barreto at (202) 671-2829 or 72 hours in advance of the meeting. If you need language assistance services (translation or interpretation), please contact Karen Randolph at (202) 671-2620 or 72 hours in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.

Military Road Bike/Pedestrian Trail Study Public Meeting

The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with DDOT, is hosting a virtual public meeting from 6:30PM to 7:30PM on May 24, 2022 to present a proposed pedestrian and bicycle trail study along Military Road within Rock Creek Park.

The project looks to provide a safe and efficient east-west pedestrian and bicycle connection through Rock Creek Park that will function for all users. The proposed connection will be between Oregon Avenue NW and 16th Street NW and will provide connections to the existing trail network within the park.

Link to the virtual meeting is HERE.

Community meeting with the National Park Service

Congresswoman Norton’s district office is hosting a joint community meeting with the National Park Service on Thursday, December 9th. Information below: 

Who: All D.C. Residents

Speakers: Congresswoman Norton and National Park Service representatives

What: A joint community meeting with the National Park Service

Where: Please email  to RSVP for the event and receive the Zoom link 

When: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm  

Upper Beach Drive Environmental Assessment Meeting w/ NPS

The National Park Service is holding a virtual public meeting about the future management of upper Beach Drive. This meeting kicks off an environmental assessment of the options, including keeping sections of Upper Beach Drive open to people and closed to cars, seven days a week. 

At the meeting, NPS will present the options under consideration, explain their process, take feedback, and share how you can weigh in through the 45 day comment period.

This is the chance we’ve been pushing for! Please attend, share your enthusiasm in the chat box, and share what you think about the options. We’ll have guidance on written comments soon.

Upper Beach Drive
Environmental Assessment Kickoff
Thursday, July 8 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Join on Microsoft Teams
More info on the NPS project page

Rock Creek Park Trail Construction!

After more than 20 years of advocacy, the Rock Creek Park Trail is finally getting a much needed makeover! The District Department of Transportation just broke ground on the first phase of construction to rebuild and widen 3.7 miles of trail in Rock Creek Park, including a new access trail on Piney Branch Parkway and a new trail bridge south of the tunnel. This project compliments the trail rehabilitation and reconstruction of Beach Drive that finished in 2019.

Decades in the making, the improvements will be worth the wait. DDOT, in partnership with the National Park Service, is completely rebuilding the trail west of the creek. Among the highlights are:

  • A new trail on Piney Branch Parkway – the well-used dirt trail alongside Piney Branch Parkway will be turned into a paved, ADA accessible trail to help neighbors east of the park safely access it. Until very recently, there was no sidewalk or low-stress bicycle connection to Beach Drive between Klingle Road and West Beach Drive at the Maryland Line.
  • A new bike / ped trail bridge – a new 110 ft trail bridge will span the creek immediately south of the Zoo tunnel, a huge improvement from the current narrow sidewalk adjacent to car traffic
  • Reopening the Zoo Tunnel Bypass – For decades, the trail around the tunnel has been slowly falling into the creek. (a 2013 photo)). After a large storm in 2018, three sections of this trail collapsed into the creek, forcing the closure of the tunnel bypass trail. This project will finally rebuild the creek banks and replace the trail. This work is expected to begin in 2021. Unfortunately, this fix will not change the nighttime closure that routes trail users into the tunnel because this trail is still within the National Zoo’s security perimeter and subject to it’s operating hours.
  • Widening & pavement improvement – The existing 8-foot crumbling trail will be rebuilt to modern trail standards with improved foundations and drainage. Most sections will be widened to 10 feet plus a gravel shoulder except at some environmentally sensitive pinch points. 

The National Park Service also recently started construction on repairs and upgrades to the 1.5 miles of trail along the Potomac River including the Rock Creek Trail south of Virginia Ave NW and the West Potomac Park Trail between Ohio Drive and the Tidal Basin inlet bridge. Both will be widened to 8-10 feet, repaved, and re-aligned for a more comfortable ride. The work includes some intersection safety improvements, more green space, and a new trail tunnel through the supports of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge for more room and comfort! Learn more here.

What to Know About Construction and Detours

Construction started in Spring 2021 and will continue through 2023 in phases. Detours for trail users will be set up and signed.

See the DDOT project page for more information and detailed detour maps for reconstruction north of Virginia Ave. DDOT made a quick video about the changes here. See the NPS project page for detour maps for reconstruction south of Virginia Ave by the Kennedy Center and Ohio Drive.

Congresswoman Norton’s Joint Community Meeting with the National Park Service

For the past year, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has hosted quarterly community meetings to help DC residents better connect with representatives from the National Park Service. If you have questions or concerns about a national parkland in DC or how it is managed, this is a good opportunity to bring them up. In the past five years, NPS has made great strides to better accommodate bicycling and trails in and around DC’s national parkland, but we are far from done. Bring your ideas.

Date: Thursday, March 25 2021
Time 7:00 PM
Register: Email to register for the Zoom event

Our best Trail Ranger season yet!

The DC Trail Ranger program went into its annual winter reduced operations in October. The team did important work this summer and we had so much fun. Huge thanks to Daniel, Gabriel, Harum, Kemi, Kevin, Seth, Shira, Tom and Trey for being the greatest 2017 Trail Ranger team we could imagine.
  • 3,173 miles covered
  • 232 hours of outreach
  • conversations with 3,747 people
  • 1,000 bike bells distributed
  • 385 hours of cleanup
  • 113 issues reported to the city
  • 2,617 DC bike maps distributed

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